Taco de Lange

Taco de Lange has practised as a civil-law notary in the real estate field for almost 20 years. Taco is a civil law notary (‘notaris’), but his work can be better described in terms as “legal navigator”, “trusted advisor” and “legal consultant”.

He is specialized in national and international real estate transactions, real estate financing, real estate M&A and project or area development. He also a special focus in logistic real estate and e-fulfillment centers. He also works with risk analysis and with a service he has developed, the so called “transparent legal services”, a form of transparent, neutral and cost-saving advice introduced as such in the Dutch market by Taco.

Alongside his consulting and transaction practice, he also teaches at the Amsterdam School of Real Estate and is a regular contributor to the journal Vastgoed Fiscaal en Civiel (‘Tax and Civil-Law Aspects of Real Estate’).

Taco heads the Logistics Team and is a member of the Real Estate Transactions & Finance Team of AKD N.V. a top Benelux firm.

In 2002 Taco de Lange joined Lexence, where he was a partner for the last 11 years. He was previously affiliated to Pels Rijcken Drooglever Fortuijn and De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. Taco practises in AKD’s Amsterdam office, which is housed in The Edge, the world’s most sustainable office building. Taco teaches subjects including leasehold and building rights at the Amsterdam School of Real Estate and is a regular contributor to the journal Vastgoed Fiscaal en Civiel (‘Tax and Civil-Law Aspects of Real Estate’). Taco has the honour of representing national and international institutional investors, financiers, housing associations, public authorities, area/property developers, sovereign wealth funds and family businesses.

Taco is also very highly ranked in various leading national and international listings. He is recommended in renowned listings such as the Legal500 and Chambers. In fact, he was awarded the highest possible classification in the Legal 500 (‘Tier 1′). His write-up in Chambers included the following: “Clients identify Taco de Lange as a standout notary.”; “’He’s our legal conscience, I wouldn’t do anything without him knowing’, said one.” and: “Notary Taco de Lange has expertise in real estate investment and portfolio transactions, often with an international character”. Chambers Europe 2016 noted: “Taco de Lange has extensive experience as a notary in handling real estate financing, joint venture transactions and infrastructure projects. Sources say: “He knows his stuff. I have a pleasant relationship with him, and he’s good at what he does.”. The Legal 500 wrote: “Taco de Lange demonstrates excellent negotiating skills” and: “technically and commercially strong”.

Taco was also voted as one of the top 500 lawyers in the world by ICFM as well as one of the top lawyers in the world in the real estate field by the Who is Who Legal. An honour only achieved by two other civil-law notaries and six lawyers in the Netherlands.

AKD Lawyers and tax advisors:

AKD is one of the largest law and tax firms in the Benelux. The history of AKD dates back to 1896. With a team of 440 professionals, including 240 committed lawyers, civil-law notaries and tax lawyers, AKD delivers high quality legal services and tax matters in nearly all legal fields, based on a full-service approach. Our client base varies from very large multinational companies to stock-listed Dutch entities, from large corporates to family owned businesses, from financial institutions to municipalities and hospitals.

AKD has offices in main cities in the Benelux, so in The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.  The Lawyer granted AKD NV the award for Benelux Law firm of the year 2016. In 2016 AKD was chosen as the second most popular law firm among law students and as nuber 6 for all types of companies.

Pragmatic approach and no-nonsense culture

AKD has a pragmatic approach to business issues and provides tailored solutions for a variety of client needs by taking current legal, economic and political reality into account. Recognized for its ability to solve complex legal and tax challenges creatively and successfully and driven by the ambition to consistently seek proactive ways to add value to our legal and tax services, AKD prides itself on professional excellence and dedication to its clients. AKD has an open, no-nonsense culture and seeks to create a transparent and inclusive environment.


AKD is a place where people of all backgrounds, races and cultures work together and thrive. In order to meet the needs of the variety of clients we serve from different backgrounds, our legal team consists of people who speak the same language as our clients and are sensitive to cultural differences in outlook or work processes. AKD for example has an Asia desk, a Turkish desk, Israeli dek, a German desk and an US desk.


AKD has an international outlook. To meet the needs of our clients, AKD relies on its network of highly reputable partner law firms in order to form fully integrated, experienced and multidisciplinary teams assisting our clients in doing business around the globe.


Berth Brouwer

Leaders in Law endorses Berth Brouwer as our exclusively recommended Litigation Law expert in the Netherlands. If you wish to get in touch with Berth please use the contact information provided above.

Berth Brouwer (bar admittance 1996) is partner and in charge of FORT’s corporate & commercial litigation practice. His focus is on advising on and settling (potential) disputes within and related to public and private companies, joint ventures and limited and general partnerships, such as disputes between shareholders/investors and/or managing directors, or disputes on changing or termination of cooperation between partners.

Berth has conducted several high profile class actions, His practice also handles acquisition disputes, the (de)merger of partnerships, proceedings before the Enterprise Chamber, and D&O liability. Berth is also involved in the settlement of commercial disputes, e.g. related to the supply of products or provision of services. Berth has broad experience in the property sector (including corporations and PPPs), the food industry, financial industry, the clothing industry and the services industry, and other areas.

Berth favours a proactive approach, identifying risks at the earliest possible stage and addressing and reducing them beforehand if possible. Conflicts are solved in consultation and negotiation if possible; if necessary by means of court, arbitration or binding advice proceedings, in which he has no qualms about taking a firm approach. Commercially sound objectives are set beforehand in consultation with the client.

Berth graduated from the VU University of Amsterdam (cum laude) in 1996 and has since worked as a lawyer in the Corporate Law, Corporate Litigation and Corporate Real Estate practice groups of Allen & Overy and Boekel De Nerée. He joined FORT in February 2010.

Berth has experience as a university lecturer (VU University of Amsterdam) and as a lecturer in postgraduate courses for lawyers (Law Firm School, Juridische Academie). He also publishes on a regular basis.

Berth is a member of the Board of Representatives of the Netherlands Bar Association.

Postgraduate course(s):

Specialist course in Corporate and Business Law at Grotius Academy (cum laude)


Corporate Litigation Association and Procedural Law Association


Robert van Galen

Robert van Galen specialises in insolvency law, in particular international insolvency law and international restructurings. He is admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands.

He has been involved in most recent international restructurings and bankruptcies in the Netherlands, such as Kroymans, Schoeller Arca Systems, Amtel-Vredestein, Fokker, Global Telesystems Europe, UPC, KPNQwest, Yukos and Lehman. He is an active and creative litigator, involved in many proceedings in all courts of the Netherlands, including the Supreme Court. Robert is president of the Dutch association of insolvency lawyers, Insolad. He is president of INSOL Europe. Robert is one of the editors of one of the leading Dutch legal magazines (Ondernemingsrecht) and the president of Amsterdam’s oldest lawyers society (the Praktizijnssociëteit). Robert is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Robert graduated from Amsterdam University in 1984. He joined NautaDutilh in 1985 and became partner in 1994. Robert is chairman of the Restructuring & Insolvency Team.



Meeting the legal challenges of our clients and contributing to the success of their business is our primary purpose. We do this by not only providing top legal advice and excellent services, but by focussing on their specific needs, communicating openly and being approachable.

For our clients, we continuously keep our knowledge of their markets and sectors up-to-date. We are therefore able to oversee new developments and their legal impact rapidly. Our multidisciplinary teams combine sector knowledge with the highest level of legal expertise. Because our portfolio of services is unsurpassed in its breadth and depth, we offer business solutions to every legal challenge. We value the partnerships we have with our clients, some of which have existed for more than 100 years.

We are one of the largest, independent and international law firms in Europe and firmly rooted in the jurisdictions of Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands. Thanks to our close and long-standing relationships with other leading law firms around the globe, we always have the most qualified lawyers at hand.


Insolvency Law Practice:

NautaDutilh has leading teams in the fields of Banking & Finance, Insolvency and Litigation. A combination that has made NautaDutilh unique as an adviser in restructuring and insolvency situations.

NautaDutilh assists large national and international financial institutions and their executive management, board directors, official receivers, private equity companies, as well as investment institutions and various other private and public institutions.

International cases and a specialised network
With home bases in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, we are in a more favourable position than most to do international business. We supervise proceedings for all forms of regulation and all competent judicial bodies. We have done so for decades, working with a select network of the best specialists in independent law firms throughout the world.

Our team of 27 Benelux insolvency specialists is led by Robert van Galen. He is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, president of INSOL Europe, chairman of INSOLAD (the Dutch Association of Insolvency Practitioners) and a highly experienced litigator who also represents clients in the Dutch Supreme Court. His team is highly regarded in the profession for the pioneering court cases resulting from the bankruptcy of Yukos and the Dutch branch of Lehman Brothers, and the restructuring of Kroymans and Endemol.


Tobias Cohen Jehoram

Tobias is a leading expert in the field of intellectual property law, and especially trademark, trade dress, design, copyright and database protection. He regularly advises multinationals and foreign counsel on IP issues in the Netherlands, in the EU and on (international) litigation strategies. Next to this Tobias advises and litigates in the field of know how protection, media & entertainment, product claims and advertising. Tobias is also a renowned litigator, appearing before all national courts, as well as OHIM and the EU Court of Justice. Tobias is admitted to the Supreme Court bar.

He has also been involved in most of the landmark IP decisions of the Netherlands Supreme Court in the past five years.

Recent landmark cases include cross border injunctions in case of copyright infringement, cross border injunction in comparative advertising case, harmonised copyright protection for industrial design, copyright protection for smells, trademark protection for sounds and liability of online platforms. Tobias is the primary author of the handbook European Trademark Law and is professor of intellectual property law at Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek:

Our clients, people and drive for quality are the energisers of our firm. They are the basis from which we deliver a powerful corporate practice, a centre of excellence in litigation, and an unparalleled team of regulatory experts.

We are at our best when matters are multidisciplinary in scope, with cross-border ramifications and when reputations are at risk. This is why we encourage our lawyers to combine in-depth legal expertise with the ability to collaborate with other experts across all relevant legal and non-legal disciplines.

We see our clients’ challenges with clarity and in their full legal and commercial context, wherever they operate. We advise them worldwide from our offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, London, New York, Shanghai and Singapore on all matters important to them. Based on our expertise and experience we do this ourselves or together with local counsel if local specialist advice is required.


Willem van Baren

Willem’s practice covers a wide range of corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration, with a particular emphasis on international arbitration in, among others, joint venture, M&A, financial services, investment, projects, energy, oil and gas, marine, aviation and insurance disputes. Willem is a CEDR accredited mediator and also sits as an arbitrator. He is the acting President of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute.

The latest editions of Legal 500 and Chambers rank Willem as a market leading individual for both Arbitration and Commercial Litigation and quote clients as saying that he is “the one to go to when deep or detailed knowledge of the underlying issues is required” and mention him as “a top arbitrator! He is knowledgeable, hardworking; not arrogant but friendly and a pleasure to work with“.

Professional qualifications

  • Exempt european lawyer, England and Wales, 2000
  • Admitted as advocaat, Netherlands, 1988


Allen & Overy:

We’ll do that by staying one step ahead and by constantly challenging ourselves to bring new and original ways of thinking to the most complex legal challenges our clients face.

Over the past year we have worked with some of the world’s most sophisticated businesses on market-leading transactions that have changed their industries. This includes, advising on the largest oil refinery project in Vietnam (Nghi Son) and the joint venture between H.C. Starck and Vietnam’s largest private sector company, Masan Group; the ground-breaking creation of Abu Dhabi’s first Financial Free Zone, the Abu Dhabi Global Market; and representing Novartis in its successful patent battle with MedImmune over Novartis’s blockbuster drug Lucentis – to name just a few achievements.

We are able to build on the foundations of our long heritage to attract the most talented people and develop the high-performance culture necessary to innovate and change the face of business.

Our commitment to help our clients deliver their global strategies has seen us build a truly global network now spanning 46 offices in 32 countries. We have also developed strong ties with relationship law firms in more than 100 countries where we do not have a presence.

This network has allowed us to become one of the largest and most connected law firms in our peer group with a global reach and local depth that is simply unrivalled.

So when we talk about global coverage, we’re not just talking about having offices in some important cities around the world. We mean being able to combine our international resources and sector expertise to work on cross-border transactions directly in the markets and regions important to our clients.

James Bresslaw

James is head of our banking practice in London and has over 25 years experience as a finance lawyer at Simmons & Simmons. He advises on a wide variety of financial transactions including capital markets, loan and securitisation transactions and restructurings of such transactions.

Banking Law Practice:

Our international banking team operates as a global fully-integrated practice acting for banks, government agencies and corporates on some of the most complex and innovative transactions worldwide. Our expertise includes acquisition and bid finance, structured finance, syndicated lending, secured lending, project finance, trade finance, asset finance and workouts and restructurings.

Our team works to ensure that banking transactions proceed quickly and effectively, with the minimum of fuss. Our position as a world class law firm, with a finance practice covering all facets of debt, structured lending and securities issues, enables us to put any transaction into the right context and provide the services which are appropriate to it.

The team has 127 staff, including 37 partners. Our lawyers advise on global banking issues, operating from the following locations: Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Hong Kong and Tokyo.